David C. Coleman is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology as well as many other books and articles.
"Coleman offers his personal, inside account of ecosystem science evolution over 40 years, including the influence of individual scientists. .. . Ecologists should read this book for its insights into the foundations on which present-day ecosystem science is built." Choice